The Broncos steamrolled the Cleveland Browns B-team 65-7. The lopsided affair was partly due to the Browns withholding all of their starters in this game but 65 points is still a lot to give up no matter who is playing the game. The Bronco’s starters did play until halftime where they ended on a very positive note. Drew Lock showed poise and rebounded from his game in Chicago, finishing the game 16/24 for 215 yards and 4 touchdowns. Ryan Tannehill relieved Lock after halftime but was only asked to throw one pass, of which he completed for 7 yards. The Bronco’s rookies shined in this game on both sides of the ball.
J.K. Dobbins had 9 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. He also added 4 catches for 43 yards and a touchdown. DJ Matthews stole the show with 7 receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Matthews was open on short routes and routes twenty yards downfield. The Bronco’s defense forced 7 turnovers(6 interceptions and 1 forced fumble.) The Browns combined for 10/29 passing for 207 yards, 1 touchdown, and 6 interceptions and 14 attempts for 60 yards on the ground. Cleveland tried to stay balanced but the game got out of hand quickly.
Rookie first round pick Jeff Holland led the team with 4 solo tackles and 2 interceptions. The Broncos had 7 collective sacks against the Browns with newly signed defensive end Trey Hendrickson leading the way with 2 sacks. The Broncos have been very cautious about playing their offensive starters for long periods of time thus far in the preseason. They face off against the San Francisco 49ers in week 3 of the preseason and week 3 is where we usually see most of the starters playing a little bit more. Coach Miles told us that he does plan on playing his defensive starters through three quarters but his offensive starters will most likely see the same amount of playing time that they’ve seen all preseason.
The Broncos have revamped their entire defensive front this off-season. Von Miller is coming off a career breaking year that saw him destroying the sack record for a single season. There has been some skepticism that his career year was in part to Bradley Chubb rushing from the other side and Miller seeing less double teams. The Broncos front seven consists of Von Miller, Devin White, Troy Dye, Avery Williamson, Calais Campbell, Trey Hendrickson, and Cameron Heyward. Four out of the seven players in that unit were acquired via free agency or through trade this off-season. If this game was any indicator, this unit should still be able to produce.